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- No surprise here: science publishing is an oligopoly. Analyzing nearly 44.5 million Web of Science-indexed documents published between 1973 and 2013, researchers from the University of Montreal found that “the top five most prolific publishers account for more than 50% of all papers published in 2013,” they reported in PLOS ONE last week (June 10). The rise of the Internet, which democratized many forms of publishing, has hardly disturbed science publishing, the researchers found. “What we’re seeing today is that it’s easier for me to create a new journal because I don’t have to print it. But it’s also easier for a publisher to create a new journal,” study coauthor Vincent Larivièreof Montreal told Wired this week (June 15). “And so, in the end, what prevailed is indeed the commercial publishing model and not the independent publishing model.”
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